Food&Wine

Exploring Extra Virgin Olive Oil

You may already use this treasure from the Mediterranean in the kitchen back home. Nowadays, it is also the raw material for so many beauty products. Let’s explore from tree to bottle how olives are grown, picked, and processed to get extra virgin olive oil with this fascinating tour at the mill.

Duration

Half day

Type

Intensity

Culinary

Lunch

Not Included

Family

Yes

Transportation

Not Included

Extra virgin olive oil plays a starring role in Italian cuisine. From tree to bottle, learn about how it is produced, how to taste and use it, and how to purchase top quality evoo!

Italians have a deep connection to their extra virgin olive oil. It is impossible to even think of Italian cuisine without this incredible and versatile product. It is the foundation of soffritto, the first step of almost 80% of our famous dishes. We not only use it to dress salads but also fish and meat. We can have lunch with just a bruschetta or a “fettunta” and be so happy. What matters most is that it is fresh, extra virgin, and local.

On this tour, you will learn everything about this treasure starting from the olive grove to the olive mill, the cellar, the bottling area, and the tasting room where we will compare several kinds of olive oils to understand the differences in the production protocols, strains, and aging. At the end of the tour, you will also be able to purchase some of the best extra virgin olive oil we have in Italy.

The tour can be reserved at 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm, or 3 pm and takes place at a small and family-run olive mill near Montalcino.

At the artisanal mill, you will have a private tour where you will meet the owner or an expert who will tour you around the estate showing the different stages of extra virgin olive oil production in Tuscany.

We start with a 3-minute walk to the olive grove near the mill. Here, you will see the very trees whose fruit is used for the production of the oil. Depending on the season, you may see trees in their different phases: dormant or young, blooming or, most of the time, showing off their bountiful small green fruits. In the olive grove, you will learn about how the olive trees are pruned and trimmed for the best possible production of olives.

Next up is the weighing area where all the crates of olives are weighed when they arrive at the mill. An olive mill serves many farmers who bring their olives day by day during the harvest season. Everything must be clear and efficient during this hectic time of year.

Following the journey the olives take inside the mill, we then visit the washing area and the conveyor belt that leads to the actual milling area. If the mill is in action, it is possible to observe the whole process up close right until the final cascade of new and fragrant extra virgin olive oil.

After this, we visit the cellar where so many different selections of olive oil await possible blending before filtration and bottling. Actually, the bottling area is our next stop where all the extra virgin olive oil is packaged for the market and shipped worldwide.

After the tour, we will have our own reserved area for the comparative tasting of several different kinds of olive oil produced here in addition to some others from the industry in order to understand the differences. Here, we introduce you to the correct tasting technique which differs a little from the one we usually apply to wine.

At the mill, you will have the possibility to buy or pre-order their products directly at the most reasonable price. We also provide a service to ship them directly to your home.

What's included

  • private visit to the “frantoio”, the olive mill
  • local, fluent English-speaking, olive oil expert who will guide you on the tour of the property
  • seated olive oil comparative tasting

What's not included

  • gratuities
  • anything not listed in the section “Included”

FAQ

Are children admitted on this tour?

Yes, we love children in Italy, and they are always welcome.

Can you pick us up in Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena, Firenze, San Gimignano, Chianti, etc. and also provide transportation?

Yes, of course. Before booking, we will provide you with a specific quote for this extra service.

Can we also add a winery visit to our day?

Yes, add it to the cart during  booking or just send us an email and we will tailor the day to your needs and wishes.

Pickup Points: ask us if you need transportation.

Departures: Monday to Friday

Season: All year long

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Exploring Extra Virgin Olive Oil